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Lord’s Day 1, 2006

I reioyced, when they sayd to me, We wil go into the house of the Lord. Psalms 122:1 (Geneva Bible)

For the last two weeks we have broken from the normal Lord’s Day routine and read hymns of the Incarnation and the Gospel from the first two chapters of Luke. We will return to our regular readings and exposition next week. Now, lest we celebrate Christ’s coming in the flesh and still miss the “reason for the season,” we will continue with the completion of Christ’s work.

O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
(Salve caput cruentatum)
by Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)
translated by James Waddel Alexander (1804-1859)

O sacred Head, now wounded, with grief and shame weighed down,
Now scornfully surrounded with thorns, Thine only crown;
How pale Thou art with anguish, with sore abuse and scorn!
How does that visage languish, which once was bright as morn!

What Thou, my Lord, hast suffered, was all for sinners’ gain;
Mine, mine was the transgression, but Thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Savior! ’Tis I deserve Thy place;
Look on me with Thy favor, vouchsafe to me Thy grace.

Men mock and taunt and jeer Thee, Thou noble countenance,
Though mighty worlds shall fear Thee and flee before Thy glance.
How art thou pale with anguish, with sore abuse and scorn!
How doth Thy visage languish that once was bright as morn!

Now from Thy cheeks has vanished their color once so fair;
From Thy red lips is banished the splendor that was there.
Grim death, with cruel rigor, hath robbed Thee of Thy life;
Thus Thou hast lost Thy vigor, Thy strength in this sad strife.

My burden in Thy Passion, Lord, Thou hast borne for me,
For it was my transgression which brought this woe on Thee.
I cast me down before Thee, wrath were my rightful lot;
Have mercy, I implore Thee; Redeemer, spurn me not!

What language shall I borrow to thank Thee, dearest friend,
For this Thy dying sorrow, Thy pity without end?
O make me Thine forever, and should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never outlive my love to Thee.

My Shepherd, now receive me; my Guardian, own me Thine.
Great blessings Thou didst give me, O source of gifts divine.
Thy lips have often fed me with words of truth and love;
Thy Spirit oft hath led me to heavenly joys above.

Here I will stand beside Thee, from Thee I will not part;
O Savior, do not chide me! When breaks Thy loving heart,
When soul and body languish in death’s cold, cruel grasp,
Then, in Thy deepest anguish, Thee in mine arms I’ll clasp.

The joy can never be spoken, above all joys beside,
When in Thy body broken I thus with safety hide.
O Lord of Life, desiring Thy glory now to see,
Beside Thy cross expiring, I’d breathe my soul to Thee.

My Savior, be Thou near me when death is at my door;
Then let Thy presence cheer me, forsake me nevermore!
When soul and body languish, oh, leave me not alone,
But take away mine anguish by virtue of Thine own!

Be Thou my consolation, my shield when I must die;
Remind me of Thy passion when my last hour draws nigh.
Mine eyes shall then behold Thee, upon Thy cross shall dwell,
My heart by faith enfolds Thee. Who dieth thus dies well.

Luke 23-24 (Geneva Bible)

Luke 23:1 Then the whole multitude of them arose, and led him vnto Pilate.
2 And they began to accuse him, saying, We haue found this man peruerting the nation, and forbidding to pay tribute to Cesar, saying, That he is Christ a King.
3 And Pilate asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Iewes? And hee answered him, and sayd, Thou sayest it.
4 Then sayd Pilate to the hie Priests, and to the people, I finde no fault in this man.
5 But they were the more fierce, saying, He moueth the people, teaching throughout all Iudea, beginning at Galile, euen to this place.
6 Nowe when Pilate heard of Galile, he asked whether the man were a Galilean.
7 And when he knewe that he was of Herods iurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, which was also at Hierusalem in those dayes.
8 And when Herod sawe Iesus, hee was exceedingly glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him, and trusted to haue seene some signe done by him.
9 Then questioned hee with him of many things: but he answered him nothing.
10 The hie Priests also & Scribes stood forth, and accused him vehemently.
11 And Herod with his men of warre, despised him, and mocked him, and arayed him in white, and sent him againe to Pilate.
12 And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were enemies one to another.
13 Then Pilate called together the hie Priests and the rulers, and the people,
14 And sayd vnto them, Ye haue brought this man vnto me, as one that peruerted the people: and beholde, I haue examined him before you, and haue found no fault in this man, of those things whereof ye accuse him:
15 No, nor yet Herod: for I sent you to him: and loe, nothing worthy of death is done of him.
16 I will therefore chastise him, and let him loose.
17 (For of necessitie hee must haue let one loose vnto them at the feast.)
18 Then all ye multitude cried at once, saying, Away with him, and deliuer vnto vs Barabbas:
19 Which for a certaine insurrection made in the citie, and murther, was cast in prison.
20 Then Pilate spake againe to them, willing to let Iesus loose.
21 But they cried, saying, Crucifie, crucifie him.
22 And he sayd vnto them the third time, But what euill hath he done? I finde no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise him, and let him loose.
23 But they were instant with loude voyces, and required that he might be crucified: and the voyces of them and of the hie Priests preuailed.
24 So Pilate gaue sentence, that it should be as they required.
25 And he let loose vnto them him that for insurrection and murther was cast into prison, whome they desired, and deliuered Iesus to doe with him what they would.
26 And as they led him away, they caught one Simon of Cyrene, comming out of the fielde, and on him they layde the crosse, to beare it after Iesus.
27 And there followed him a great multitude of people, and of women, which women bewailed and lamented him.
28 But Iesus turned backe vnto them, & said, Daughters of Hierusalem, weepe not for me, but weepe for your selues, and for your children.
29 For behold, the dayes wil come, when men shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombes that neuer bare, and the pappes which neuer gaue sucke.
30 Then shall they begin to say to the mountaines, Fall on vs: and to the hilles, Couer vs.
31 For if they doe these things to a greene tree, what shalbe done to the drie?
32 And there were two others, which were euill doers, led with him to be slaine.
33 And when they were come to the place, which is called Caluarie, there they crucified him, and the euill doers: one at the right hand, and the other at the left.
34 Then sayd Iesus, Father, forgiue them: for they know not what they doe; they parted his raiment, and cast lottes.
35 And the people stoode, and behelde: and the rulers mocked him with them, saying, He saued others: let him saue himselfe, if hee be that Christ, the Chosen of God.
36 The souldiers also mocked him, and came and offered him vineger,
37 And said, If thou be the King of the Iewes, saue thy selfe.
38 And a superscription was also written ouer him, in Greeke letters, and in Latin, and in Hebrewe, This is that King of The Iewes.
39 And one of the euill doers, which were hanged, railed on him, saying, If thou be that Christ, saue thy selfe and vs.
40 But the other answered, and rebuked him, saying, Fearest thou not God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
41 We are in deede righteously here: for we receiue things worthy of that we haue done: but this man hath done nothing amisse.
42 And he sayd vnto Iesus, Lorde, remember me, when thou commest into thy kingdome.
43 Then Iesus said vnto him, Verely I say vnto thee, to day shalt thou be with me in Paradise.
44 And it was about the sixt houre: and there was a darkenes ouer all the land, vntill the ninth houre.
45 And the Sunne was darkened, and the vaile of the Temple rent through the middes.
46 And Iesus cryed with a loude voyce, and sayd, Father, into thine hands I commend my spirit; when hee thus had sayd, hee gaue vp the ghost.
47 Nowe when the Centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Of a suretie this man was iust.
48 And all the people that came together to that sight, beholding the things, which were done, smote their brestes, and returned.
49 And all his acquaintance stood a farre off, and the women that followed him from Galile, beholding these things.
50 And beholde, there was a man named Ioseph, which was a counseller, a good man and a iust.
51 Hee did not consent to the counsell and deede of them, which was of Arimathea, a citie of the Iewes: who also himselfe waited for the kingdome of God.
52 He went vnto Pilate, and asked the body of Iesus,
53 And tooke it downe, & wrapped it in a linnen cloth, and laide it in a tombe hewen out of a rocke, wherein was neuer man yet laide.
54 And that day was the preparation, and the Sabbath drewe on.
55 And the women also that followed after, which came with him from Galile, behelde the sepulchre, and how his body was layd.
56 And they returned and prepared odours, and ointments, and rested the Sabbath day according to the commandement.

Luke 24:1 Nowe the first day of the weeke early in the morning, they came vnto the sepulchre, and brought the odours, which they had prepared, and certaine women with them.
2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre,
3 And went in, but found not the body of the Lord Iesus.
4 And it came to passe, that as they were amased thereat, beholde, two men suddenly stood by them in shining vestures.
5 And as they were afraide, & bowed downe their faces to the earth, they sayd to them, Why seeke ye him that liueth, among the dead?
6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake vnto you, when he was yet in Galile,
7 Saying, that the sonne of man must be deliuered into the hands of sinfull men, and be crucified, and the third day rise againe.
8 And they remembred his wordes,
9 And returned from the sepulchre, & tolde all these things vnto the eleuen, and to all the remnant.
10 Now it was Mary Magdalene, and Ioanna, and Mary the mother of Iames, and other women with them, which tolde these things vnto the Apostles.
11 But their wordes seemed vnto them, as a fained thing, neither beleeued they them.
12 Then arose Peter, and ran vnto the sepulchre, & looked in, & saw the linnen clothes laide by themselues, and departed wondering in himselfe at that which was come to passe.
13 And beholde, two of them went that same day to a towne which was from Hierusalem about threescore furlongs, called Emmaus.
14 And they talked together of al these things that were done.
15 And it came to passe, as they communed together, and reasoned, that Iesus himselfe drewe neere, and went with them.
16 But their eyes were holden, that they could not know him.
17 And he sayd vnto them, What maner of communications are these that ye haue one to another as ye walke and are sad?
18 And the one (named Cleopas) answered, and sayd vnto him, Art thou onely a stranger in Hierusalem, & hast not knowen the things which are come to passe therein in these dayes?
19 And he said vnto them, What things? And they sayd vnto him, Of Iesus of Nazareth, which was a Prophet, mightie in deede and in word before God, and all people,
20 And howe the hie Priests, and our rulers deliuered him to be condemned to death, and haue crucified him.
21 But we trusted that it had bene he that should haue deliuered Israel, and as touching all these things, to day is ye third day, that they were done.
22 Yea, & certaine women among vs made vs astonied, which came early vnto the sepulchre.
23 And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seene a vision of Angels, which sayd, that he was aliue.
24 Therefore certaine of them which were with vs, went to the sepulchre, and found it euen so as the women had sayd, but him they saw not.
25 Then he sayd vnto them, O fooles and slowe of heart to beleeue all that the Prophets haue spoken!
26 Ought not Christ to haue suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?
27 And he began at Moses, & at all the Prophets, and interpreted vnto them in all the Scriptures the things which were written of him.
28 And they drew neere vnto ye towne, which they went to, but he made as though hee would haue gone further.
29 But they constrained him, saying, Abide with vs: for it is towards night, & the day is farre spent. So he went in to tarie with them.
30 And it came to passe, as hee sate at table with them, he tooke the bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gaue it to them.
31 Then their eyes were opened, and they knewe him: and he was no more seene of them.
32 And they saide betweene themselues, Did not our heartes burne within vs, while he talked with vs by the way, and when he opened to vs the Scriptures?
33 And they rose vp the same houre, and returned to Hierusalem, and found the Eleuen gathered together, and them that were with them,
34 Which said, The Lord is risen in deede, and hath appeared to Simon.
35 Then they tolde what things were done in the way, and howe he was knowen of them in breaking of bread.
36 And as they spake these things, Iesus himselfe stoode in the middes of them, and saide vnto them, Peace be to you.
37 But they were abashed and afraide, supposing that they had seene a spirit.
38 Then he saide vnto them, Why are ye troubled? and wherefore doe doutes arise in your hearts?
39 Beholde mine handes and my feete: for it is I my selfe: handle me, and see: for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me haue.
40 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and feete.
41 And while they yet beleeued not for ioy, and wondred, he saide vnto them, Haue ye here any meate?
42 And they gaue him a piece of a broyled fish, and of an honie combe,
43 And hee tooke it, and did eate before them.
44 And he saide vnto them, These are the wordes, which I spake vnto you while I was yet with you, that all must be fulfilled which are written of me in the Lawe of Moses, and in the Prophets, and in the Psalmes.
45 Then opened he their vnderstanding, that they might vnderstand the Scriptures,
46 And said vnto them, Thus is it written, and thus it behoued Christ to suffer, and to rise againe from the dead the third day,
47 And that repentance, and remission of sinnes should be preached in his Name among all nations, beginning at Hierusalem.
48 Nowe ye are witnesses of these things.
49 And beholde, I doe sende the promes of my Father vpon you: but tary ye in the citie of Hierusalem, vntill ye be endued with power from an hie.
50 Afterward he lead them out into Bethania, and lift vp his hands, and blessed them.
51 And it came to passe, that as he blessed them, he departed from them, and was caried vp into heauen.
52 And they worshipped him, and returned to Hierusalem with great ioy,
53 And were continually in the Temple, praysing, and lauding God, Amen.

Grace and peace to you this Lord’s Day, and through the new year.

2006-01-01 at 12:01 AM MT | |




Blogger Jonathan Moorhead sayth,

I have very fond memories of taking communion at Grace Community Church and having John MacArthur lead the singing to “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded.” Wonderful hymn.

Happy New Year fellas!

1/02/2006 8:05 PM